Study Abroad Process
This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible. Apply or renew your passport at any time during the process. You should start planning at least one year prior to the date you wish to study abroad.
- Visit the Office of Study Abroad and setup an initial meeting
The Initial Meeting is a half-hour online or hour in person advising session guiding you through the basic of going abroad and how to select a program
- Research Programs and Options
Utilize the Study Abroad Worksheet 1: Finding a Program that Meets your Needs as guides to research abroad options. View all program options at Programs.
- Consult with your academic advisor(s)
Discuss coursework abroad and how it may meet major or minor requirements. Coursework may also be considered fro general education or electives. Utilize the Study Abroad Worksheet 2: Your Academic Plan to outline your academic plan.
- Select a Program
If you meet eligibility requirements of the program and it is in advance of the deadline, there is typically no reason to apply to more than one program/international/studyabroad/forstudents Be sure to consider all program costs by utilizing the Study Abroad Worksheet 3: Budget Comparison.
- Talk to Your Parents
It's normal not to know what your parents will think of this study abroad idea, but since they'll likely be paying at least part of the bill it's important to discuss it with them soon.
- Schedule a Financial Aid Preview Meeting
The Office of Financial Aid will meet one-on-one with you to discuss how your financial aid package applies to the program you selected. Consider inviting your parents to this meeting. Visit the Office of Financial Aid at 277 UPAV or call 810-762-3444 to request an appointment.
View the Financial Information section for more basic on financial aid and study abroad.
- Research and Apply for Scholarships
Free money is better than loan money and there is a lot of it out there for study abroad.
- Complete the Required Applications and Documents
All students are required to submit an Application to the Office of Study Abroad. If participating in a non-UM-Flint faculty-led program, you will be required to submit an application to the specific program or institution. Visit the Programs section and visit the specific program's webpage to determine additional application requirements.